I did not vote for McCain when he ran for President but have never doubted he's a courageous American. He was a prisoner of war for five and a half years and frequently tortured during that long ordeal.
So while I would never support his politics, I'm sure I'm like many people when I wish him well during this difficult time.
Sadly, quite a lot of people aren't that way. They're celebrating his fatal illness. And those people also support Donald Trump.
As detailed by Newsweek (link here), some Trump supporters have been saying particularly horrible things about McCain online. One called his cancer diagnosis "godly justice" while another declared "I’m pretty sure that God is punishing him."
Now Trump can't pick who stands behind him. But the fact that so many despicable people support him says something about his message and his appeal.
And it also speaks volumes when Trump is utterly silent in the face of this disgusting abuse being heaped by his supporters on a political opponent, not unlike the abuse Trump himself dished out to McCain during the campaign when he mocked the Senator for having been a POW.
This isn't democracy in action. This is thuggery in action. Most politicians would speak up strongly against this kind of ugly behavior.
In fact, John McCain did that in 2008 when he was running for President and a supporter lobbed false and racist accusations against Barack Obama. McCain stopped the woman from speaking and spoke up in support of Obama in defiance of his own constituent.
That takes integrity and class, two attributes that the current President is entirely lacking. If he doesn't speak out soon about what his supports are saying about John McCain, then Trump owns that ugliness himself by condoning it with silence.